With a record 151 beheadings this year (and 55 more looming for sedition, poetry, and 'terrorist crimes') arguably "under the guise of counter-terrorism to settle political scores" US' friend and ally Saudi Arabia bears a striking resemblence to another Sharia law-abiding 'state'. As Liberty Blitzkrieg's Mike Krieger explains, while ISIS has actively sought exposure for their brutal punishments, Saudi Arabia has worked to keep evidence of their actions within the conservative kingdom.
Just yesterday, we published an article highlighting the latest deranged idea floated by Saudi Arabia’s monarchs to sue Twitter users comparing the barbaric kingdom to ISIS.
Today, we present to you a power graphic courtesy of Middle East Eye, which demonstrates precisely why the Saudis are so sensitive about the topic. Namely, because the accusations are true.
From Middle East Eye:
The Islamic State (IS) and Saudi Arabia prescribe near-identical punishments for a host of crimes, according to documents circulated by the militant group.
IS published a list of crimes and their punishments on 16 December 2014 to serve “as an explanation and as a warning” to those living in territory under their control in large parts of Iraq and Syria.
The document lists hadd crimes, which are considered to be “against the rights of God,” and includes fixed punishments for theft, adultery, slander and banditry.
Crimes deemed hadd and their punishments are derived from the Quran and the hadith, the collected teachings and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. However, with the exception of Saudi Arabia, and IS-controlled areas, they are rarely applied.
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Finally, as MiddleEastEye concludes, rather ironically...
the West could – at some point in the future – have diplomatic relations with IS “simply because they [IS] are sitting on oil and are happy to sell it”.
“It might happen given the pragmatism of the West and how willing it is to compromise on human rights,” she added.